April 2, 2021
Congressional Delegation Engages on Enbridge Line 5
Earlier this month, Rep. Tim Walberg (MI-07) and fourteen other Members from potentially-impacted states sent a letter  to President Biden raising concern with the new Administration’s approach to pipeline operations. The letter focused on how shutting down Enbridge Line 5 would significantly disrupt critical propane shipments to consumers in Michigan, Ohio, and other parts of the country.

Additionally, the Representatives expressed concern with the economic fallout that would result from corresponding closures of refineries and other industry operations. The letter asks that the new Administration reconsiders the implications of the closure and other environmentally-motivated decisions that will impact the nation’s energy independence.

NPGA continues to engage with federal and state officials to protect Enbridge Line 5, which serves as a critical supply line for the propane industry. Late last Congress, several Representatives sent a similar letter led by Propane Caucus Co-chair, Rep. Bob Latta (OH-07), to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration highlighting the importance of Enbridge Line 5. The Association will continue to work with these legislators to find a solution to this developing challenge.

For more information, contact NPGA’s Michael Baker. 
The Indiana Propane Gas Association is pleased to announce the 2021 Employee Training schedule. IPGA offers certified and non-certified employee training for those employed in the propane industry or looking to obtain propane training certification. To make training more accessible to everyone, classes are held in multiple locations. Classes are open to members and non-members and pre-registration is necessary. Consider sending your employees to this valuable training. Click here to learn more.
Indiana Senate Committee on Utilities Hears "Ban the Ban"
Progress continues on HB 1191 which would “ban the ban” by prohibiting a city, town or county from banning natural gas or propane hookups in the jurisdiction. This bill is in response to proposed gas bans seen in Berkeley, CA and Ann Arbor, MI. The bill will ensure that homeowners, builders, and business owners have access to balanced energy solutions that are efficient, affordable and clean. 
 
The bill will need to be voted out of Committee being sent to the full Senate for consideration. The IPGA continues to support this important bill and is actively working to pass the legislation in the 2021 legislation session.
IPGA Partners with NPGA, Other State Associations and PERC for Federal Grants
IPGA has partnered with NPGA, PERC and three state associations and PERC to apply for Department of Transportation (DOT) funded grant opportunities. Hawaii, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio applied as a state cluster for the Community Safety (CS) grant provided by DOT for a fire service project. PERC applied for the CS grant with a HAZMAT training program, which is awarded to nonprofit organizations with the ability to train personnel responsible for enforcing the safe transportation of HAZMAT, or have the ability to conduct national outreach and training programs to assist communities in preparing for and responding to accidents and incidents involving the transportation of hazardous materials. NPGA has assisted in gathering required documents and processes for applying for the grant.

For more information regarding grant opportunities, please visit NPGA’s Funding Resources on the Member Dashboard. For questions and to share new information contact Twana Aiken, NPGA Manager of Regulatory Affairs.
Join us June 23-25 as we return to the beautiful and historic French Lick Resort. The IPGA Convention will fast become a can’t-miss tradition offering valuable and timely propane-focused education as well as opportunities to network with industry colleagues and friends.

IPGA is asking for your help to make this special event a success. We are offering a variety of sponsorship opportunities for you to showcase your company. Click here to learn more.
Regional Forecast
By Meteorologist John Bagioni, Fax-Alert Weather Service, LLC
Above normal averages which have dominated most of the Indiana region during March, seems likely to continue, on average, through April and beyond. In the short-term there is room for a period of cooler than normal conditions, but the large-scale pattern continues to signal milder than normal conditions for at least April, and probably beyond. 

While I am favoring a warmer than normal pattern overall, the nature of the Northern Hemispheric flow pattern is not without some cool potential. But at least right now, there does not appear to be a mechanism to lock in an extended cool period. This means cool days will come and go, but when the pattern is averaged out over 15 to 30 day periods, it should have a warm bias. Click here for the full weather report.

Meteorologist John Bagioni | FAX-ALERT WEATHER SERVICE, LLC 
(860) 675-9091 | john@faxalertweather.com
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